Pennsylvania State Interference Campaign: Request for Qualifications
ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP
The Partnership for Working Families, with our 20 affiliate organizations, is driving a progressive agenda to harness the power of cities and influence billions of dollars in public and private investment to advance the public good. Our network is building powerful governing coalitions with a grassroots base of leaders to advance a vision of just, sustainable, and democratic cities by:
● Restructuring our economy to advance economic, racial and gender justice,
● Reshaping our built environment to create healthier communities and slow climate change, and
● Remaking our democracy by building power through civic engagement and leadership development.
The Partnership seeks a seasoned campaigner to coordinate and drive a statewide grassroots organizing campaign in Pennsylvania to build power for all working people and in particular people of color across the state. In the short term, the campaign seeks to establish and protect the ability of cities to enact local minimum wage and paid sick days requirements. The campaign seeks ultimately to make it politically untenable for the state legislature to preempt local laws protecting workers, people of color and other targeted populations.
This is a fantastic opportunity to make a major impact on the political landscape. The campaign has big momentum. The state Supreme Court just ruled against a corporate challenge to Pittsburgh’s paid sick days law, and the campaign built widespread support in the Capitol for repeal of minimum wage preemption during this spring’s state budget discussions.
The campaign’s core infrastructure is strong. It is anchored by the Partnership’s affiliates, Pittsburgh United and POWER, which have organized bases in communities across the state and have been leading the organizing efforts of the statewide We The People table in their respective footprints.
The issue of state preemption of minimum wage and paid sick days will be front and center in the capitol this fall and the campaign will be helping lead the fight.
The project currently has two years of dedicated funding. The core objectives of the project include:
● Create and execute a campaign plan that builds statewide grassroots power, challenges corporate power, and expands race and gender justice, building off existing power analysis and campaign plans
● Drive a coordinated statewide campaign for legislative repeal of state minimum wage preemption and in opposition to any effort to enact state preemption of local paid sick days laws
● Convene a statewide coalition anchored by Pittsburgh United and POWER and lead regular meetings
● Liaise with other state tables and stakeholder organizations
● Work with communicators to drive a communications plan that includes public actions and regular earned media
● Work with PA Spotlight and others to obtain research needed for corporate campaign
● Work with Pittsburgh United and POWER to manage workflow and perform key tasks as part of shared work plan, adjusting work based on existing capacities
● Support local and national fundraising to expand the campaign’s capacity
The Partnership will be looking for the following qualifications in reviewing proposals to take on this project:
● Strong track record of leadership of organizing campaigns
● Strong track record of developing and implementing effective campaign strategy and based on a power analysis and in collaboration with a team
● Proven ability to mediate disagreement and move people to decisions
● Experience with navigating inter-organizational tensions
● Close familiarity with the political and organizational landscape in Pennsylvania
● Excitement about POWER + Pittsburgh United and their role in the state
● Proven ability to shape public narrative through events and actions
● Foundation fundraising and funder relations experience
STRUCTURE, FUNDING AND RESOURCES
The Partnership invites proposals for up to $47,000 per year over two years to undertake this project under contract with the Partnership. Whether a single individual or an organization undertake this project, the Partnership is open to hourly or project-based billing.
The Partnership, Pittsburgh United and POWER have each dedicated substantial organizational resources to the project. This includes support from the Partnership’s legal and communications staff and dedicated time from organizers, communicators and leaders with Pittsburgh United and POWER. In addition to these resources and organizational budgets supporting them, the project presently has a budget of $25,000 per year for two years.
Please submit a letter of interest along with a resume (or other description of relevant qualifications) and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org . No phone calls please.